Federal Legislative Advocacy

NSBA Letter to Representatives Davis and Ashford in Support of the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

In this letter to Representative Rodney Davis and Representative Brad Ashford of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, Executive Director Tom Gentzel voiced NSBA's support for the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. NSBA urges Congress to restore local leadership and flexibility to federal school meal policies, and to provide sufficient federal resources to school districts in a modernized law. This is a companion bill to the one introduced by Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research, and Senator Angus King. 

NSBA Letter to House Education Committee Regarding Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In this letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel commends Chairman Kline and Senior Democratic Member Scott for proposing a bold and comprehensive new look at the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), now over forty years old. School boards and their attorneys recognize that the law needs a fresh approach, one that reflects the new and emerging reality of how schools collect, store, manage and work with student information in the 21st century. 

Mark-up of Every Child Achieves Act continues

The voice of America’s school boards is being heard as the legislative process continues with today’s mark-up of the Every Child Achieves Act, the Senate HELP Committee’s proposed modernization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. On this second day of activity, issues of flexibility and support for at-risk students and schools were brought up by several members of the Committee.

Senate HELP Committee begins mark-up of Every Child Achieves Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today began its mark-up of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), the Senate-proposed rewrite and reauthorization of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

NSBA Signs on to NCPE Coalition Letter Opposing Vouchers

Along with 52 other members of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE),  NSBA opposes any amendment to Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con Res. 11) that would create a private school voucher program.  The NCPE wrote to express our strong opposition to any amendments to the Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con Res. 11) that would support the creation of a private school voucher or tuition tax credit program.

IDEA Full Funding Coalition Letter to the Senate and House

A coalition of education organizations dedicated to advocating for the full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) submitted this letter to both the Senate and House Subcommittees on Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations. On behalf of students with disabilities, teachers, specialized instructional support professionals, parents, administrators, and school boards, the letter urges the subcommittees to provide increased funding for IDEA within the FY2016 LHHS‐Education appropriation.

National Coalition for Public Education Letter on Senate Budget Proposal for Private School Voucher Program

The 53 undersigned members of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), of which the National School Boards Association is one, wrote to express their strong opposition to any amendments to the Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con Res. 11) that would support the creation of a private school voucher or tuition tax credit program.

NSBA Supports Rep. Noem’s Legislation Offering More Flexibility for Local School Meal Programs

Alexandria, Va. (March 19, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports the Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act, to provide school districts with greater flexibility to ensure students receive healthy, nutritious school meals.

Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), and introduced today, the legislation offers school districts relief from costly and onerous mandates imposed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and subsequent federal regulations.

Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress (2nd Session)

NSBA Advocacy efforts spring from the conviction that excellence in public education must be the nation's top priority. NSBA is committed to ensuring that the local school school is heard in the national education debate where critical decisions are made or influenced. In addition to the specific legislative issues outlined below, NSBA believes Congress must continue its oversight of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to ensure state and local flexibility in K-12 education.

ESEA Comparison Chart

NSBA advocates for a comprehensive, strategic reauthorization of ESEA that provides school districts the flexibility and resources they need to respond to the educational challenges in their local communities. This chart compares current Federal law, two bills that have passed the U.S. House and Senate, and NSBA's position on a number of different issues within the context of ESEA.

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